Top positive review
Wonderful combination of Lego and programming, a must have toy for Lego enthusiasts young and old.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2017
My 6 year old son (and I) have been very excited about this since we heard about it earlier in the year, and ordered it for delivery on release day.
Having grown up loving lego, and renewing my love for it through my son, this set is everything we could have wished for.
The box is large, containing 11 numbered bags of lego along with a further un-numbered bag of larger parts and the 'Move Hub' boxed separately. It also contains a large laminated cardboard mat with some initial instructions and warranty information which doubles up as a poster (which quickly made it onto the sons bedroom wall).
There are no construction instructions in the box (as per regular lego sets), and you are simply instructed to search for the app on the app store to get started. A tablet is an absolute requirement, nothing can be achieved without one.
In terms of tablet compatibility, the Lego website has a list, but a relatively new Apple or quality Android tablet should be fine. We are using it on a old iPad 4, and it works fine. It may be possible to see if the App works before committing, search for 'Lego Boost' on the App store to see if it is available and works on your device.
The set contains 5 main models as well as an introductory model (which shows the functions of hub and accessories) and each of the main models requires several hours of construction. The construction instructions are within the App, and the child is guided through building each of the models with clear instructions. Once a model is built, there are a series of guided challenges which introduce the programming aspect of the toys. My son has just started exploring 'Scratch' at school, and this is very similar, with drag and drop commands to build programmes, with all the usual functions (loops, events etc) introduced incrementally.
I can't recommend this toy enough, whilst it is expensive, and requires a relatively modern tablet, there are many hours of playability with the education aspect neatly encapsulated in fun. If your child is interested in lego or programming, this really brings the two together neatly and it has to be the best Lego set I have seen in years.
After a few days of intense play, battery consumption appears to be significant - we get through 6xAAA batteries every few hours. I don't yet know whether the batteries I have (Maplin) are not very good, it is faulty or just eats batteries - I'll update this review as I investigate further.